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28 Aug



Half a Million!!!

August 28, 2007 | By | 3 Comments


Were you our 500,000th visitor??

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Sex Cults and Corrections

July 13, 2007 | By | One Comment

I was amused when the lefty blogosphere melted down over the Intelligent Design debate and started accusing me of believing in UFO’s. (Just for the record. . . I don’t.)

But I’m not so amused when they make cavalier assertions that “Charmaine Yoest said” and are so sloppy that their “proof” is a link to something that has nothing to do with me. And when they state in a morally superior tone and very dismissively that I said something that I never did. In the Internet Age, there is no excuse for not quoting someone accurately.

I work hard to make reasoned arguments about the issues I care about. So it really irritates me when those who disagree don’t bother to engage with what I really said and slander me by putting up false statements.

The latest accusation? Apparently now I supposedly believe in “sex cults.” Here’s what some woman calling herself “Bean” says about me:

Remember when the FDA was holding up approval of EC over-the-counter? People like the Family Resesarch Council (and in fact Ms. Yoest herself) were all worked up because they were worried that EC would encourage promiscuity among teens and other women, leading to sex cults. Seriously.

(I love it when anonymous people get snarky — I make statements under my own name.)

Seriously. Here’s the challenge: someone show me where I said anything, anywhere about “EC encouraging promiscuity” or “leading to sex cults.” Show me.

Well Ms. Anonymous Bean, to back up her (false) assertion provides two links. Great. I was intrigued. Perhaps I had forgotten losing my mind and making a public statement about sex cults. She had hyperlinked the word “Seriously” as if to say, “boy, do I have the goods.” So I clicked over.

Sure enough, there was a quote from me:

“It’s very clearly caught up in political dynamics and I would go so far as to say there is electoral politics involved here,” said [FRC’s Charmaine] Yoest.

Hey, I remember saying that!

But, um, where are the sex cults??

That appears to be further down in the article, quoting a woman named Dr. Janet Woodcock.

Excuse me, “Bean.” My name, let us recall, is Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

Then, continuing down the article, is another quote describing the lawsuit Family Research Council filed against the FDA challenging their decision to create the historically unprecedented system of selling Plan B over-the-counter to women over 18 and by prescription to those younger:

[The conservative groups’] lawsuit charges that the FDA had no authority to approve the same drug and labeling for simultaneous prescription-only and over-the-counter distribution and that the FDA cannot treat the drug differently based on the age of the buyer because “FDA lacks the authority to enforce Plan B’s age limitations.”

That does pretty much sum up one element of our lawsuit against the FDA. Again, I have to note, I’m not seeing where the sex cults come in.

And then, just when I was getting ready to click away from this ridiculously sloppy website in disgust, I see the first commenter weighs in, once again putting words in my mouth — and simultaneously misrepresenting both me and the organization I work for:

It’s not just Plan B. Charmaine Yoest was the FRC’s pointwoman on keeping girls from getting the HPV vaccine lest it encourage promiscuity.

Sigh. This time it’s a woman named Julia who needs a little help with her fact-checking. I was not FRC’s “pointwoman” on the HPV vaccine. We do have someone who speaks on that issue quite a bit; it’s usually not me. And we are not opposed to the vaccine — in fact, if Julia had done her homework she would have found that we have supported the vaccine; we just opposed making it mandatory since HPV is not spread through casual contact.

Sex cults. Oh please.


21 Feb



Reasoned Audacity Milestone: 300,000 visitors!

February 21, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

Thank you so much for reading Reasoned Audacity!

If you think you were our 300,000th visitor — see below, please comment. The first commenter will receive a copy of Charmaine’s book Mother in the Middle: Searching for Peace in the Mommy Wars, published by HarperCollins. If your comment is not the first, but is more clever than creditable, we might send you a book anyway.



Alert Readers will remember that Reasoned Audacity will be two years old in two days. We launched on 23 February 2005 writing about Tocqueville. And the freedom of association of blog writers and readers.

Thank you for reading at least one of our 1,197 posts.

We remain in your debt, Charmaine and Jack.


Bill Maher with Mother in the Middle.

01 Nov



How to Tell When Your Accountant Has Attention to Detail

November 1, 2006 | By | 2 Comments


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. (?) What is a good way to learn if your accountant is getting all those numbers to add up right?

He spells your name right.

When Your Business Blogger was in the army way back in the days of the horse cavalry, I had a boss, Captain Akroyd, who once gave me a memorable ‘corrective interview.’ The West Pointer said I needed to concentrate on my Attention to Detail.

And, in lacking that quality (back then!), I am, of course, very quick to criticize the same lack in others (today).

I often see this lack in the spelling of our names: Charmaine has an unusual first name that is often misspelled, or misidentified. Yoest, a Flemish name, is often misspelled.

The cliche goes: There is no bad PR, as long as they spell your name right.

So it was memorable that my name would be misspelled and insulted in the same article. Very bad.

A two-fer.

Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants who blogs at AccMan gets my name wrong and uses bad language.

Sounding like, well, a blogger:

I come up with Jack Youest, …an A&&hole.

My new best friend, Dennis Howlett might be right half the time. But these would not be the odds one would take.

From an accountant.

New tag line:

Dennis Howlett on innovation for professional accountants — We’re Right Half the Time! We’re British!

We May Have Lost the Empire, But We Won’t Lose Your Money!


Thank you (foot)notes: I do hope Dennis Howlett is not disqualified for the AcountancyAge Awards 2006 coming up on 15 November. His ciphering is no doubt more accurate than his spelling. More at the jump.

Management Training Tip: Get the name right; both sight and sound, for the eye and ear, spelling and pronunciation.

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Heading to Godblogcon!

October 26, 2006 | By | One Comment

I’m headed to the Left Coast to talk about blogging with some of my favorite people, the godbloggers.

The Diva and the Dude are coming along because they have both become bloggers and I want them to catch the vision for blogging with a purpose.

Stay tuned — I’m looking forward to meeting some great people and learning a lot. I’ll be reporting back — right here.


July 5, 2006 | By | No Comments


Charmaine, wife of Your Business Blogger will be speaking at the Political Plenary Panel,

A bi-partisan discussion on political conversation across the blogosphere, featuring answers to questions such as: What makes a political blog insightful and interesting, versus a dime-a-dozen rant? What role will political blogs play in the upcoming elections and future campaigns? Where can a blogger find insightful content from which to draw? How can a blogger facilitate legitimate political conversation on his or her political blog?

Charmaine will be joining:

Hugh Hewitt / Professor of Law, Author, Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Host


La Shawn Barber / Author and Writer

Blog: La Shawn Barber’s Corner

John Mark Reynolds / Director of the Torrey Honors Institute (Biola)

Blog: Middlebrow

James Kushiner / Publisher of Touchtone Magazine

Blog: Mere Comments

Joe Carter / Comm. Director at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Blog: Evangelical Outpost

Rob Asghar / Writer and Political Commentator

Blog: TheAmericaBug

Ryan Bolger / Assistant Professor of Church in Contemporary Culture (Fuller)

Blog: TheBolgBlog

Marvin Hutchens

Hutchens Blog

Rhett Smith

Andrew Jackson

Melinda Penner

STR Blog

Matthew Anderson

Mere Orthodoxy

Fred Sanders


Paul Spears


The GodBlogCon 2006 is hosted by the Torrey Honors Institute of Biola University. Register now!

Cross Post from Jack Yoest.


21 Apr



Whole Lotta Changin' Going On

April 21, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

Friends, thanks for stopping by Reasoned Audacity — as you can tell, we’ve been changing some things on the site. Mostly fixing some bugs on the back-end that will, hopefully, in the long run make this site run better. One of my main goals with the site update is to get my comments will be fixed so that it will be easier for you to comment.

But I appreciate your patience as the upgrading goes on, and we get the graphics fixed and everything humming along again.

Thank you for reading Reasoned Audacity!

Vote! Carnival of the Capitalists is Up — Hosted by Jotzel

April 3, 2006 | By | No Comments

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11 Feb



Google Slams Michelle Malkin

February 11, 2006 | By | 2 Comments

Google has a feature called “Google Current” which is a short 2 minute video round-up of the news. In this clip, the host slams Michelle Malkin . . . and praises Andrew Sullivan.

(HT: Michelle Malkin — saw her across the room yesterday at CPAC — seriously beautiful in person. Beauty is as beauty does.)

Lunch at CPAC!

February 11, 2006 | By | No Comments

Wonder Woman and Right Girl

(Gentlemen bloggers to be identified when I find my notes! Sorry.)

update: Jeff Harrell and Tom Bridge The Conservative Political Action Conference is going on here in DC this week, and bloggers were out in force. Some of the Cotillion ladies were here, so I ran over this afternoon to get a chance to meet them in person.

Wonder Woman and Right Girl have come down from Canada, while Little Miss Attila flew in from the Left Coast. We missed Attila for lunch, but Mary Katherine Ham was also there. And we were joined by LaShawn Barber and Chris Nolan. Chris agreed to be our token liberal — though never fear, we did not divulge any of the sooper seekrit right-wingnut codes.

Rob Bluey from Human Events graciously agreed to be our token male — because conservative women like men — and then even treated us all to lunch! Thanks, Rob.

LaShawn Barber

Rob Bluey and Mary Katherine Ham

Now, in the interest of national security, I really feel that I must disclose that over lunch, MK and Right Girl were developing a smuggling plot: RG would smuggle in Vanilla Coke from Canada for MK — in exchange for health care. . .

True story.